The 2022 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines rated: 93 points

By , 21 September 2022

The 38th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction is set to be held on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2022 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. This year’s auction will see a total of 43 wines from 30 guild members on offer – I tasted 39 of these wines sighted, tasting notes and ratings to be released over the course of this week.



Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2021
W.O. Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 10 months in Burgundian barrels. Pear, peach, citrus and a touch of roast almond on the nose while the palate has a good energy about it with compact fruit, punchy acidity and a pithy finish. Relatively light and elegant.


Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2021
W.O. Cape Coast. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 11 months in older, big-format oak. Subtle aromatics of lime, white peach, grapefruit, elder flower and flinty reduction while the palate possesses a dense core for fruit matched by a line of acidity that keeps the wine on course, the finish bone-dry. Austere in the best sense.


De Grendel Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2021
W.O. Darling. Matured for just over four months in older barrels. Very expressive on the nose with a herbal top note preceding peach, nectarine and granadilla plus some leesy complexity. The palate has good weight and texture but equally is not short of vibrancy, some white pepper bite to the finish.


Lismore Valkyrie Chardonnay 2021
W.O. Greyton. Fermented and matured in 500-litre barrels, 30% new. Exotic aromatics of lemon and orange, yellow peach, melon, honey and oatmeal. The palate is rich and flavourful – dense fruit, well integrated acidity and a nicely savoury finish. Good balance and layers of flavour.



Boplaas CWG Daniel’s Legacy 2020
W.O. Western Cape. 60% Touriga Nacional, 20% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Tinta Barocca. Black berries, floral perfume, some leafiness, incense and spice on the nose while the palate shows good fruit expression, bright acidity and crunchy tannins, the finish nicely dry. This has big volume without sacrificing balance.


De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2019
W.O. Ceres Plateau. 60% whole-bunch fermentation. Dark berries, beetroot, spice and earth on the nose while the palate is rich and full – a dense core of fruit, well-integrated acidity and pleasantly grippy tannins before a finish that is long and dry.


Luddite Oupa Mourvèdre 2019
W.O. Bot River. Matured for 12 months in old oak. Some smoky reduction before dark berries and fynbos on the nose while the palate has a dense core of fruit, bright acidity and crunchy tannins. Full of character and rather delicious.



Boplaas Cape Tawny Single Harvest 2005
W.O. Western Cape. 90% Tinta Barocca and 10% Touriga Nacional. Matured for 16 years in large old barrels. Some floral perfume before orange, apricot, spice and some nuttiness on the nose while the palate is delicate with unobtrusive alcohol and a persistent finish. Nicely detailed and not too powerful.

For the wines that rated 89 – 91, click here.
For the wines rated 92, click here.
Check out the site for wines rated 94 tomorrow.


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